Lakers Guard Kendrick Nunn Suffers Injury Setback

The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that guard Kendrick Nunn — whose absence all season has been a blip on the fanbase’s radar — suffered a setback to his injury return timeline.

According to the team’s update, Nunn’s right knee injury did not exhibit the progressions that the training staff had expected. Nunn suffered a bone bruise injury on October 21 and has been sidelined all season.

The 26-year-old had been shaping up to return by the end of January, but the new development suggests February as his earliest period for return.

RealGM noted that the Lakers used the Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception tag on Nunn. He signed with Los Angeles on August 3, agreeing to a two-year deal. 

Nunn’s inclusion on the team has generated both optimism and dismay among fans. As they eagerly await the third-year player’s scoring potential — averaging 15.0 PPG in two seasons with the Miami Heat — to aid 37-year-old LeBron James‘ heavy lifting of the offense, Nunn’s tentative availability through 44 games has dramatically tempered expectations.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel’s current backcourt rotation features Avery Bradley, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk, rookie Austin Reaves and the polarizing Russell Westbrook

Horton-Tucker and Nunn have been floated as potential trade assets for Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka to utilize ahead of the February deadline.

“Nunn holds a player option for the 22-23 season,” noted RealGM.

The Lakers (22-22) have gone 2-3 in their last five contests and hold the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

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